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Not John Slattery.
Not John Slattery.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Following the conclusion of Saturday's game, which starts at 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Josh Smith vs. Steven Matz

Reds vs Mets coverage

The Reds and Mets will conclude their series in Queens today after one postponed game and one canceled Steve Miller Band Concert. The teams will resume play in the top of the seventh inning from Saturday tied 1-1. After game two of the series concludes, Josh Smith will take the mound against Steven Matz for game three.

Josh Smith will make his second career major league start while Sunday will mark the MLB debut of twenty-four year old left-hander Steven Matz. Matz leaves New York's AAA affiliate in Las Vegas with a 7-4 record and a 2.19 ERA. His performance in AAA this year is part of the reason why Terry Collins has decided to go with a 6-man rotation for the time being. Meanwhile, Josh Smith will try to improve upon his last start where he lasted only 3 innings and gave up 4 earned runs.

Forty-six years ago today, just across the Queensboro Bridge from present-day Citi Field and Shea Stadium, while the Mets were embarking on their 1969 World Series season, patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against oppression of the gay community from the New York Police Department. Up to that point, the city regularly raided and shut down meeting spaces and incarcerated individuals exercising their freedom to assemble. Since then, the anniversary of this date has been recognized as one of the catalysts for the fight for equality for the LGBT community. Happy Pride and go Reds.

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 6/23 6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 7p

1.0, 7 pitches
Ryan Mattheus
1.0, 9p 0.2, 14p 1.0, 14p

2.2, 37 pitches
Burke Badenhop

1.0, 7p

1.0, 7 pitches
Nate Adcock
2.0, 30p

1.0, 13p
3.0, 43 pitches
Manny Parra
0.1, 5p
1.0, 10p 0.1, 5p 1.2, 20 pitches
Pedro Villarreal
1.0, 33p
2.0, 30p

3.0, 63 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 14p 1.0, 18p

2.0, 32 pitches
Carlos Contreras
1.0, 22p
1.0, 19p

2.0, 41 pitches